Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.
Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Flux Books and Netgalley.)
17-year-old Elizabeth doesn’t feel emotions, but she does see them – as people hovering around those who they’re affecting. To Elizabeth they are very real, whilst to everyone else, they are totally invisible.
Elizabeth doesn’t know why she is unable to feel emotion, and she doesn’t know what exactly happened to make her this way, but deep down inside she knows she’s not the real Elizabeth, she’s an imposter.
Fear is one of the few emotions that hasn’t given up on ever making Elizabeth feel, but things are changing, and soon Elizabeth may know exactly what she is.
What happened to make Elizabeth this way? Will ‘Fear’ ever leave her alone? And who is she if not Elizabeth?
This was one hell of a weird story.
Elizabeth knew that she wasn’t really Elizabeth, as did her family, but no-one knew who she really was. She did seem to generally lack emotion though, which was weird, and I totally got why people thought she was a freak. I’m even pretty convinced that her classmates feared her slightly.
The storyline was quite interesting, and the mystery of what Elizabeth really was enough for me to keep reading. I liked the way that the emotions were portrayed as invisible people, hanging around the person that they were acting on. I did guess what Elizabeth was in the end, and I thought that it was quite fitting.
There was some romance in his one, in the form of Joshua and also ‘Fear’, and I was team ‘Fear’ from the start! Yikes, there was even a love triangle in this!
Overall, this was a really strange story, but it was entertaining, and was very different from anything else I’ve read. I suppose this could be described as ‘haunting’, and probably fits into the category of ‘Gothic Romance’. I think if you like this kind of weird, haunting story you’d probably like this.
7 out of 10.